Tesla Announces Plan to Share Patented Technology

By | June 12, 2014
In a statement made this week, Tesla Motors announced that it will no longer pursue lawsuits against those who--in good faith--wish to use Tesla's technology. The electric automaker believes that it's more important to improve the state of the carbon crisis by enabling others to utilize this technology than have the monopoly on the segment. While there once was a wall of patents in the Tesla Motors Palo Alto headquarters, you won't find it there any longer. In the spirit of this open source movement and the sharing of its technologies with others, Tesla has taken it down. Tesla originally patented all its technology to keep competition for its electric vehicles down, but the electric automaker has learned that the majority of other automakers don't rely on their hybrids and electrified cars to boost their sales numbers, but that Tesla's main competition actually comes in the form of gas-powered vehicles.
In the announcement, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said that "Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be a small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla's position in this regard." Source: Tesla